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Woman Shares Why The 8-Hour Sleep, 8-Hour Work, 8-Hour Play Model Doesn’t Work In The Modern World

In the age of the unprecedented worldwide pandemic, we were forced to rethink all the things we took for granted. Our values and our priorities, our leisure time, and most importantly, the way we work.

No wonder that the classic 8-hour workday MO, which was once a socialist dream, today seems redundant, to say the least. With more and more people switching to remote work, people are now realizing the 8-hour may have been a counterproductive lie.

So the TikToker AutisticCommProf, @ndcommlion, has recently made an illuminating video explaining how the “8 hours for work, 8 hours for rest, 8 hours for what you will” slogan from the late 1800s labor movement is a false promise.

When put into our everyday practice, it destroys our work-life balance, leaving us exhausted and unproductive. Let’s see her whole point right below, and share what you think in the comment section!

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In a video, she referred to this tweet from the Twitter user Jarrel, confirming that this in fact is very true

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@ndcommlion#greenscreen #capitalismsucks #capitalism #worklife #worklifebalance #fightfor15 #eattherich #generalstrikeoct15 #generalstrike♬ original sound – AutisticCommProf

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The 8-hour-long workday is one of the enduring legacies of the First Industrial Revolution. With the advent of manufacturing firms and industries that required hard labor, productivity was usually measured in linear terms. The workers worked for 8 hours a day producing the units of output that got calculated.

This was also a much better solution than the standard 12- or 14-hour days factory workers, including children, had worked before. Over the next 100 years, labor unions of various industries in the US adopted the eight-hour standard. Moreover, Henry Ford brought the idea further into the mainstream in 1926 by mandating a five-day, 40-hour workweek in his company’s factories. In 1940, Congress officially set the American workweek at 40 hours. The same work week we have today, in 2021.

It turns out, the current 8-8-8 structure comes from the labor movement in the early 19th ct. which aimed at improving work and life balance at the time

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The new model seemed like a much better structure than the 12- or 14-hour days factory workers, including children, were expected to put in at the time

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No wonder the 8-hour workday received a huge backlash during the pandemic, which, over the past year, has forced millions of office workers to set up shop from home. The call for shorter hours followed with people pointing to the fact that the 8-hour-long workday is not only unproductive, but it destroys work-life balance and sucks up all the remaining energy meant for leisure activities and resting.

A growing body of research indicates that five hours is about the maximum that most of us can concentrate hard on something. The productivity consultant Alex Pang believes that “there are periods when you can push past that, but the reality is that most of us have about that [amount of] good work time in us every day.”

And people had a lot of thoughts to share in response to the 9-5 workday debate